Monday, May 4, 2009

Lacrosse returns to NCAA Tournament

by Barca Blog - After earning its third straight NCAA Tournament berth, the Vanderbilt women's lacrosse team will open against sixth seeded Notre Dame (15-4) in the first round on Sunday, May 10.

Considering Vanderbilt was one of the final at-large teams selected, the Commodores (10-6) received a pretty good draw. The 'Dores dominated the Irish, 18-11, in Nashville almost three weeks ago, but will have to travel to Alumni Field this time around, a place where Notre Dame is 7-2 this season. ND is also riding a four-game winning streak since that loss, highlighted by BIG EAST tournament wins over Syracuse and Georgetown (both in the NCAA Field) to secure their first-ever league championship.

If Vanderbilt gets past the Irish, they face a possible quarterfinals matchup with third seed North Carolina (13-4), who plays Towson (13-5) in the first round. The Tar Heels edged the Commodores, 14-13, in overtime in both team's season opener on February 15 in Nashville.

It should be noted that Vanderbilt is on the opposite side of the bracket of four-time defending national champion and top-seeded Northwestern (19-0).

Check out the full bracket plus take a look at Inside Lacrosse's tournament breakdown.

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